Unlocking the Power of the Next Generation to Deliver the SDG 16+ Agenda

What if today’s youth—the largest youth generation in history—were to mobilize around advancing SDG 16+? And what if universities and city governments were to engage and support youth in upholding values such as equity and inclusion that young people care deeply about? The Cohort 2030 initiative, designed by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) in collaboration with Ambassador Sarah Mendelson from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, seeks these outcomes.

From July 23-25, 2019, the Cohort 2030 initiative convened 20 representatives of city governments, universities, foundations, NGOs, and youth-led organizations from 9 countries to explore what a place-based approach to engaging the energy and idealism of youth around SDG 16+ could look like.